In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Beaulieu like this:
BEAULIEU, or Bewley, a village, a parish, and a liberty, in the district of New Forest, Hants. The village stands at the head of a creek, 4 miles SE of Lyndhurst Road r. station, and 7 NE of Lymington. It has a post office‡ under Southampton; carries on some sack-making and ship-building; and has fairs on 15 April and 4 Sept. It is a quaint old-fashioned place; and was formerly of more note than now. The creek at it goes 4½ miles south-south-eastward to the Solent; is navigable hither; and receives, at the head, a streamlet of 5 miles, coming from the vicinity of Lyndhurst, and called variously the Beanlieu and the Exe.The parish comprises 9,480 acres of land, and 2,560 of water. ...
Real property, £4,820. Pop., 1,176. Houses, 238. The property all belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch. A Cistertian Abbey was founded here, in the neighbourhood of the village, in 1204, by King John; had the privilege of sanctuary; and gave shelter to Margaret of Anjou and to Perkin Warbeck. The abbot's house, the refectory, the cloister walls, the dormitory, and the ruins of the sacristy, fratry, and chapter-house still remain. The abbot's house was moated by a Duke of Montague, to protect it from French privateers; and is still maintained as a seat of the Duke of Buccleuch. The refectory is now the parish church; measures 125 feet by 30½; and shows the characters of late early English. An hospital of the Knights Templars, of earlier date than the Abbey, stood about ½ a mile distant, on a rising-ground commanding an extensive view; and the ruins of it have been converted into farm-buildings. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £140.* Patron, the Duke of Buccleuch. There are two baptist chapels.-The liberty comprises the parishes of Beanlieu and Exbury. Acres, 15,106. Pop., 1,549. Houses, 304.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Beaulieu, in New Forest and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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